December 21, 2017
The Simulation Football League presented by APM Music is proud to announce its pre-season schedule for Season 10, nine games in five days between Christmas and New Years. The slate is headlined by three of four expansion teams hosting a game for the first time. The league also is proud to announce its finalized plans for SFL Fan Night, which will allow the SFL Community to select one of seven afternoon games to flex into primetime the following week through voting on our Discord. December 29 will be voting day for Week 1’s “SFL Fan Night” game. The winner will be announced at halftime of the Houston Hyenas and Tulsa Desperados pre-season tilt that night, called by Cameron Irvine and James Richards.
“SFL pre-season is for players to get a chance to make sure their player appearance is correct, for team owners to make sure that their team is being represented correctly and for our loyal base of members to enjoy some football action after what many believe is a ‘long’ off-season,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “The league staff crams so much into just a couple of months to make strides and improvements to the league each and every off-season, they always feel short to us. Fan Night is really our chance to drive up viewership for primetime, drive up activity and drive up excitement for our full slate of games that weekend.”
Pre-season action kicks off December 26 at 5:30 pm CT, when the San Antonio Vaqueros host the Queen City Corsairs with Cameron Irvine and Matt Willson on the call. The second game of the pre-season opening doubleheader will see Dallas travel to Oklahoma City, the only pre-season matchup that features teams who will play each other in the regular season. Willson stays in the booth as an analyst and joins Chris Curtis on that call.
Wednesday December 27, Andy Hamilton and the Vancouver Legion will visit Carolina for the first time (commentated by Demond Simien and Shann Varner – who coached under Cline and alongside Hamilton in Carolina), followed by a tilt between Atlanta and San Francisco – the first of four expansion teams to see action (commentated by Colin and Rick Northrup).
Thursday December 28, Chicago and Alaska meet in Anchorage – the only pre-season matchup that features two playoff teams from Season 9. It will be the first game for Mike Daggs handling play-by-play duties. He’ll be joined by Simien. The nightcap will see the Defending Champion Mexico City Aztecs in Sioux Falls to take on the Sparrows, one of four teams to beat the Aztecs last year (commentated by Curtis and “Fletch”, who makes his debut as an analyst on the SFL Network.
Friday December 29, the Tallahassee Pride visit the Indianapolis Red Devils (commentated by Eric Vinson and Varner) followed by the neutral-site clash between Houston and Tulsa at Lord Destro Productions Stadium, where Dion Hawkins got his start in the SFL with the D.C. Dragons.
Capping off the week is St. Louis and London Saturday December 30 at 7 p.m. with Mike Daggs and James Richards. Richards coached under St. Louis’ owners Colin Northrup and Duane Schindler and coached alongside London owner Liam Crowter).
NOTE: No SFL team will have its custom-built playbook. All teams will have access to APF’s library of over 6,000 plays. Teams with more non-traditional builds may struggle, due to the playbook being so vanilla. Players and teams should recognize these hindrances to gameplay and understand this is just to get everyone’s feet wet for Season 10 – from the broadcast team to the coaching staffs to the league organization. No one jump off a bridge. Everyone take results with a grain of salt.
“Anyone who reads too much into the actual play on the field in preseason – good or bad – is likely going to be wasting a lot of energy,” Irvine said. “These games are innocent. These games don’t matter to the standings, to the playoffs. Teams that lose preseason games win Championships – even in the NFL. Our community is passionate and no doubt will use this moment to panic or proclaim a title is coming. As long as our community can respect one another and respect their teammates, this will be a tremendous season.”